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Surviving a Broken Ankle Part 2

This being my first broken ankle and only my second broken bone, much of this may be old hat to those with more experience but I’ll say it anyway. Pie heals. If homemade pie isn’t possible and it probably isn’t, I highly recommend the Willamette Valley Pie Company (they ship and have really fabulous crust.) Once I knew I’d have to use a walker for more than a week, I tricked it out on Amazon. The items have helped with mobility and the color with…

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Surviving a Broken Ankle Part 1

It may sound like a platitude, in fact I know it does. It’s still true though. Patience is the number one requirement for getting through a broken ankle with grace. And the surest way to patience (or at least a sufficient amount of the stuff) is true and genuine gratitude for the things that went right in spite of what went wrong. Here’s my top 5 list, yours may vary which is more than okay – it’s not about being politically correct, just genuine. Emergency…

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New Year – New Habits

Despite having declared I would never get up any earlier than 5 am, I find myself setting the alarm clock for 4. I will do what it takes to realize my dreams and try just about anything to make myself more productive. I’m also resolving to really practice each thing before taking on six more, in the end it will be faster than switching gears so often. 2018 feels on the verge, of greatness, of disaster or something else but certainly not more of the…

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The utter deliciousness of settling into a good book

That feeling of sinking into the most comfortable chair in the house – the one roomy enough to put your legs in any direction – with a book that you’ve been anticipating for months. The book that you know will keep your attention riveted and is guaranteed not to disappoint. I don’t pretend that I’ve written that book, but I know it’s the feeling I want readers to have when they’re reading my stuff. When I sit down to the computer this is the feeling…

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Relaxed, Elegant, and Slightly Dilapidated

This is my new mantra for my life. Gardens, interiors… myself – all could benefit from striving for this without going beyond. I discovered the phrase will looking about for inspiration for my entry way and browsing French interiors online as a possibility. While I thought I had borrowed the phrase directly it turns out that my brain did some mental adjusting to the original “relaxed, luxurious, and often ramshackle” found in a Telegraph article (the video section). So I guess this is my very…

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The unofficial end of summer

I’ll be making the last ice cream of the year this weekend – a repeat of the amazing blackberry from a few weeks ago. Fresh Himalayan blackberries from the field, eggs from the hens and lots of love stirred in. Ice cream tastes different when you know the name of the chicken that laid the egg. The chickens are positively blossoming – Maisy is over her bout of adolescent broodiness and Cleopatra deigned finally, to add a blue egg to the mix, nicely contrasting with…

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Toxic to Touch will launch Aug 1

Ten years after the pandemic, island survivors search the wreckage of civilization and help each other find food, lost loved ones, or even heirloom tomatoes… except someone may have helped a disliked member of the community to an early death. Garden enthusiast Jane suspects the dead woman’s secrets may be the cause—and may be still threatening the tiny community from beyond the grave. Potentially the world’s first post-apocalyptic cozy mystery is about to hit the virtual shelves!  At just over 8,000 words you’ll soon be…

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The first year

The first year of Short Meadow as a house, a project, and a way of life is officially complete. A lot got done and a lot didn’t!  Some projects, like the raised garden beds have informed on new projects – it’s simply too windy here and a hoop greenhouse is going to be required for any real vegetable production.  There is an unbounded lack of constraint that is perhaps even more challenging than trying to garden a city lot. How do you plant a windbreak…

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Everything Old is New Again

I have vague memories of a particular Christmas that involved endless silk screening of a cedar twig onto heavy red paper for Christmas cards – back when volume was socially necessary AND crafting was big. I was too young at the time to do more than beg to have a turn and the equipment got buried in a move not long after.  If you remember this era at all you’ll probably recall similar leaves and things screen printed onto bags and tea towels and endless…

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